CLEVELAND, Ohio (Reuters) – A convicted rapist was charged with multiple murders on Tuesday after police dug up 10 corpses at his home, which produced a stench of death in the depressed Cleveland neighborhood.Authorities searched the fetid property owned by Anthony Sowell with a backhoe, jackhammers, wall saws, and cadaver dogs. They planned to take the three-story house apart.
Four bodies were found in the back yard, while six others were discovered elsewhere on the property, including in the basement of the house. A skull wrapped in a paper bag in a bucket could be an eleventh victim.Five of the victims were black women who had been strangled, according to the coroner.
Sowell, 50, was arrested over the weekend for rape. The victim said he had invited her in for a drink then became enraged and choked her with an extension cord.When police entered Sowell’s house they found two decomposing bodies lying on a floor upstairs.A sausage store next door to Sowell’s home was blamed for the rank smell wafting through the neighborhood, but an attempt at repairs failed to stop the odor.